Gardens and Parks

Juan Ponce de León set foot ashore in 1513 and gave the land its name, La Florida, the flowery land.  This name was in part because Ponce de León ‘s landing was during the spring season – during Pascua Florida, or Flowery Easter, celebrated in Spanish Catholicism – as well as the incredible natural beauty of our state. You too can experience Florida’s natural beauty year-round in our botanical gardens, as well as in our national and state parks and preserves, showcasing collections of native and exotic plants.

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Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden gets its name from one of the most famous plant explorers in history, David Fairchild (1869-1954). Fairchild was known for traveling the world in search... Read More

Region: South

County: Dade County

City: Coral Gables

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Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park

Many African Americans in rural Florida lived in small tenant houses like the one standing in the orange grove at the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park. Rawlings, the Pulitzer... Read More

Region: Northeast

County: Alachua

City: Cross Creek

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Crystal River State Archeological State Park

A National Historic Landmark, this 61-acre site has burial mounds, temple/platform mounds, a plaza area, and a substantial midden. The six-mound complex is one of the longest continuously... Read More

Region: Central

County: Citrus

City: Crystal River

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Flamingo Gardens, Botanical Collections and Everglades Wildlife Sanctuary

Flamingo Gardens Is one of the oldest botanical gardens in South Florida containing over 3000 tropical and sub-tropical trees and plants. The historic Wray Home museum is a restored... Read More

Region: South

County: Broward

City: Davie

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Tree Tops Park, Pine Island Ridge

This park provides access to Pine Island Ridge, a core area of Seminole settlement beginning in the 1830s. The visitor center features exhibits on the life of Abiaka (Sam Jones) and... Read More

Region: South

County: Broward

City: Davie

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DeLeon Springs State Park

Legend and folklore claim Juan Ponce de León sought and discovered the mythical Fountain of Youth at DeLeon Springs, though no historical record or archaeological evidence supports... Read More

Region: Central

County: Volusia

City: DeLeon Springs

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Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens

Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens has been a center for Japanese arts and culture in South Florida since its opening in 1977. The Morikami invites guests to discover South Florida’s... Read More

Region: South

County: Palm Beach

City: Delray Beach

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John C. Gifford Arboretum of the University of Miami

The Gifford Arboretum contains 450 trees maintained primarily for educational and research purposes, but also to inspire interest in, and greater appreciation for, tropical plants.... Read More

Region: South

County: Dade County

City: Coral Gables

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Fort Gadsden Historic Site

Built during the War of 1812 by the British, Fort Gadsden was placed in a strategic spot along the Apalachicola River, which was the highway for commerce in those pre-road, pre-railroad... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Franklin

City: Eastpoint

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Gamble Plantation Historic State Park

This antebellum mansion was home to Major Robert Gamble and headquarters of an extensive sugar plantation. It is the only surviving plantation house in South Florida. It is believed... Read More

Region: South

County: Manatee

City: Ellenton

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